AGF-219 Shipping in the Arctic (5 ECTS)

Storbreen, Hornsund, Svalbard

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ID:
AGF-219
CREDITS:
5 ECTS
START DATE:
31 July 2017
END DATE:
11 August 2017
COURSE PERIOD:
Autumn semester (July/August), annually
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
None
GRADE:
Pass / fail
COURSE MATERIAL:
Articles, lecture material, compendia
COURSE COSTS:
None
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
13 / 25 students
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue. Other support material: to be provided during the course
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 April 2017

INSTRUCTORS:

Stein Sandven
Stein Sandven
Adjunct Professor, Remote sensing

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a relevant Bachelor programme, and 60 ECTS in natural science. Students should have basic knowledge of mathematics and/or physics.

Academic content:

The course is interdisciplinary, providing lectures on climate, sea ice, weather, environment, navigation, technology, infrastructure, economy, regulations, and geopolitics related to shipping in the Arctic. The lectures will address how the human factors combined with the natural environment have impact on shipping activities. The different actors involved in the specialized fields and how they interact with each other will be presented. The lectures will give an historic summary, a present state-of-the-art and future perspectives of Arctic shipping. The course will provide knowledge of the factors that determine how shipping is expected to evolve in shorter and longer perspectives. The course shall give the students an interdisciplinary view of the issues related to shipping in the Arctic where sea transportation is expected to grow in the future. The reduction of the Arctic sea ice gives new opportunities for exploitation of energy and other resources as well as opening up of new sea transport routes between Europe, Asia and North America. These are factors that will stimulate increased ship traffic in the Arctic. On the other hand, the presence of sea ice, darkness, limitations of bathymetric charts, infrastructure and communication services put severe constraints on how ships can operate. Furthermore, shipping is also constrained by regulations, environmental risks, economic risks and geopolitical situations.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will:
have attained interdisciplinary knowledge about the factors that determine types, quantities and routes of Arctic ship traffic. These include:

  1. economic factors related to resource exploitation and global/regional transport routes,
  2. environmental factors related to climate, sea ice and weather conditions,
  3. technology and infrastructure required for operating in the Arctic, and
  4. regulatory and geopolitical considerations.

The course will provide knowledge of how these factors will determine the growth of Arctic shipping in shorter and longer perspective.

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will:
have learned skills to analyze development of various types of Arctic ship traffic in the future. Students will learn to communicate with other scientific disciplines, which is necessary for analyzing and solving problems . The skills will be trained through case studies using different scenarios of factors (1) to (4) leading to a student report.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:
have obtained competence in the basic principles that determine how Arctic ship traffic may develop in the future. This competence is useful in studies of different scientific disciplines related to the Arctic. The students will be trained in analyzing a multidisciplinary problem and write a student report on a multidisciplinary topic.

Learning activities:

The course consists of lectures given by invited specialists in each of the disciplines, and group work where students are divided into groups studying subtopics from each of the disciplines. The group work includes literature search, discussions within the groups and with the lecturers, and presentations in plenum. The outcome of the course is a report from each of the groups and a summary of the discussions. The report prepared by the students is the basis of assessment for the course.

Total lecture hours: 24 hours.
Total seminar hours: 12 hours
Exercise hours: 10 hours
Other: Group work to write report: 74 hours

Compulsory learning activities:

Literature search and group discussion on pre-defined topics in groups of ca. 4 students. Groups will be composed to ensure that there is sufficient interdisciplinary discussion and learning.

Assessment:

Method Duration Percentage of final grade
Group report Deadline will be given to submit the report: ca. 1 week after end of the course 100%

Approval of report to pass the course.

Application deadline: 15 April 2017

Ship in ice in Svalbard

A ship in ice infested waters around Svalbard. Photo: Malin Daase/UNIS.

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